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‘Rogi Mitra' facility launched at KGH

Around 30 volunteers from NYK will guide the patients

March 19, 2012 12:33 pm | Updated 12:35 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

WELCOME INITIATIVE: Volunteers selected for the ‘Rogi Mitra’ to guide patients in hospitals, at the inauguration of the programme at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

WELCOME INITIATIVE: Volunteers selected for the ‘Rogi Mitra’ to guide patients in hospitals, at the inauguration of the programme at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

‘Rogi Mitra', a facility through which volunteers will guide the patients to get better treatment in Government hospitals, was launched in King George Hospital here for the first time in the State.

Around 30 volunteers from the Nehru Yuva Kendra would guide the patients, particularly from rural areas, illiterates and those from other districts and States to the departments and other facilities.

Minister for Ports and Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao after formally launching the facility said it should be implemented well and should set a trend in other hospitals in the State.

‘Rogi Mitras' would be of great help to the patients who needed guidance and prompt treatment.

He also assured that he would try to get the honorarium for a ‘Rogi Mitra' enhanced from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,500.

Responding to a request made by Government Whip and local MLA Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, the Minister said he would take up with the Chief Minister the issue of a grant of Rs. 30 crores promised to KGH.

Development of hospital

A meeting would be held soon to discuss the development of the hospital, he said and promised to provide a conference hall for the hospital.

Mr. Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao wanted all MLAs to help in developing KGH, which was serving people of north Andhra districts and neighbouring States.

Collector and Chairman of the Hospital Development Committee Lav Agarwal wanted the ‘Rogi Mitras' to provide proper guidance to the patients and ensure that the reports of tests were delivered to them.

The ‘Rogi Mitras', who will be in white uniform and a badge, would be easily identifiable to the patients and they have a major responsibility at the OP block and at departments where there would be many patients.

Municipal Commissioner wanted the ‘Rogi Mitras' to ensure better treatment to the patients but not to act as mediators between the doctors and patients.

Superintendent of KGH P. Shyam Prasad explained KGH services and wanted funds released to complete the super speciality block. MLA of Bheemunipatnam M. Srinivasa Rao, Principal of Andhra Medical College G. Shanta Rao, Additional Joint Collector incharge U.C.G. Nageswara Rao and RMO G. Bangarayya, District Coordinator of NYK B. Appa Rao also spoke.

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